AKA:Brianna Banks, Mirage
Stunning model Briana Banks is a long-legged, German-born beauty who walked out on a boring job as an insurance auditor to begin a career in adult entertainment and has never looked back.
Born in Munich of a German mother and Italian father, Briana lived in Germany and England until she was seven, when her mother moved to California. In high school she was a studious, shy, kid who played volleyball and ran track (she still holds the school record for the mile at Royal High). She rarely dated and didn’t even kiss a boy until she was 17. As a teenager she was awarded custody of her younger sister and held down jobs as a waitress and fashion model to pay for rent and groceries. Briana got into the adult business when she was 19.
“I always thought of myself as a skinny, dorky, giraffe looking kid,” Briana says. “Even though I had made the cover of Teen magazine as a model, I wasn’t making any money. The day I quit my insurance job I got in a car accident and didn’t even have enough cash to move my sister and me into an apartment from the room we’d been renting, so I answered an ad in L.A. Weekly that said I could make up to $1,000 a day modeling.”
“I had never even thought about porno, but I loved it. I guess I was sexually repressed. I got my sex education on film, including my first orgasm, so my fans have watched me grow from a girl to a woman and I feel I have a very special relationship with them. Once into it, I decided I might as well do the best I could. Before long I got signed by Vivid, which is the pinnacle for anyone interested in erotic acting.” Briana was nominated as the 2002 Penthouse Pet of the Year after readers flipped over a 12-page pictorial and centerfold shot by famed photographer Earl Miller. Also in 2002 she made “Briana Loves Jenna” with top porn star Jenna Jameson and the movie went on to become the best selling and renting adult video of the year.
When her adult acting career is over, she wants to go behind the scenes to start her own line of adult movies, work on her Website and return to college full-time. Meanwhile, she works out every day, paying special attention to a boxing and weight lifting routine she has developed. She also indulges in her favorite sports – motocross racing and snowboarding. Sims Snowboards will introduce two Briana Banks boards with images of her clothed and nude in its Fader line this fall.